Extended Table Rate Shipping allows you to add all the possible
carriers you offer on the store. It gives your customers a better choice and
installation and configuration come as additional advantages of this extension.
Magento chooses the only carrier, whom it considers the best one for the client. The thing is that not always the Magento’s decision indeed fully satisfy the customer’s needs. Moreover, it negatively influences User Experience as thus the choice appears to be restricted. Offer visitors something to choose from with unlimited carriers list.
From the beginning, Magento has never supported multiple carriers even if a store can provide them. The CMS automatically chose the one that appeared to be the most appropriate one in its opinion and showed it to a customer. Now you can display all the possible carriers according to set conditions.
The extension allows you to set a country the shipping method will be attached to, a region or a state, and a postal code. The thing is that now all the set information will be taken into account and all the correspondent shipping methods will be displayed. Thus a user will be able to decide on his own about what way is the most suitable.
The Magento standard price calculation wasn’t affected by this extension - the price is still changes on the basis of the conditions set, such as country of destination, region, and product weight. Nothing has been changed here.
Any additional option that makes it easier for customers to perform a purchases may increase sales. Extended Table Rate Shipping allows you to set a certain amount of carries to choose from, so a clients may find the most suitable option for him with both price and type. It works like a mechanism - one gear drive others.
The extension doesn’t directly influence your web pages design. It operates with original Magento functionality and adds a list with possible only on the checkout, making it easier for usage.
You can upload or download the CSV file with the information concerning your carriers and then customize the details set in it. Moreover, this extension add an additional column there for exact names of carriers. Set here information, describing carriers type, and then it will appear on frontend. Remember that if you want to change your Condition upload a new CSV, you should at first change the Condition and Save it.
Extended Table Rate Shipping doesn’t directly change anything with standard Magento functionality. The only new thing appeared on frontend will be a list with carriers, so your visitors won’t get confused by new functionality.
At first log, in your Admin account and go to System > Configuration > Sales > Shipping Methods. You will appear on the page with the Extended Table Rate Shipping settings. Then you should choose the website you want to configure. It may be done in the section “Current Configuration Scope”. After that you will get all the settings of Extended Table Rate Shipping. Then enable it by setting “Yes” in the field “Enabled”. Now the extension is ready to work and you can adjust it the way you like. Remember that some settings may remain hidden until you choose your website in the section “Current Configuration Scope”.
Three further fields are responsible for setting the names of different parts of the extension. “Title” indicates the general name of the extension that users will see on frontend. “Method name” is a name for your methods taken by default. When you enter your own names, this title will be replaced. The same is with “Free Shipping Method Name”, but it works only with free delivery.
Regulate the way, how the shipping methods will be displayed. For this purpose use the field “Condition”. Choose one of the offered conditions to show your methods the way you like. For example, here are the default conditions:
Extended Table Rate Shipping extension slightly changes the CSV file with the shipping methods so as to make it easier to configure and expand its functions. Now a new column is added to your CSV file that is called “Shipping name”. From this moment you will be able to add here unlimited number of methods with their own names. Write a name that describes a shipping method, so your users will be able to quickly choose the option most suitable for them.
Thanks to this new column, your store will now display all the shipping methods that correspond with the information set by user, for example, Country, State, and Zip Code. If, for instance, you offer delivery by plain and by car in Alabama, those who buy from you will see these options if they live in Alabama. Remember that if you want to change your Condition and import a new CSV, you should firstly change the Condition and Save it. Only after that you can upload a new CSV. Otherwise if won’t be applied.
The function with Import and Export of CSV remains as it is. You can easily download this file, perform any changes, and then upload it again. Still, you should remember, that before importing the new CSV file, you should choose the Condition and Save Config to have all the progress implemented correctly.
You can also set the * symbol in one of the first three columns in order to make this method applicable for any information set here. For example, if set * for a method in the column “Country”, all the users from any country will notice this very method.
The first thing you should do in
overall installation process is to unpack
the zip folder you have downloaded. Send it to the
root folder of your Magento 1 installation.
The next step is flushing your cache. For this go to System > Cache Management. Here you will be able to clean the cache you want.
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